The Re-Invented #AVF2019 Program Schedule: An Official Sneak Peek

The entrepreneurial landscape has changed significantly since the first Atlantic Venture Forum in 2013. As the ecosystem continues to gain momentum, the AVF is being transformed to meet the needs of this dynamic region. New ventures and growth stage companies need more than just financial capital to succeed. Innovation, partnerships, ingenuity, and expertise are just a few of the ingredients for an entrepreneur’s tech success story, and you will find all of these and more when you join us at the 2019 Atlantic Venture Forum in Halifax, NS.

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AVF 2019 - Day 1: Volta Labs

Day 1 features concurrent programming that takes place at Volta Labs in the Maritime Centre. Delegates are invited to take part in the AVF Matchmaking Event, as well as the All-Stages Entrepreneur Sessions.

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wednesday, June 26
Concurrent Programming

AVF Matchmaking Event: Curated Strategic Meetings for AVF Delegates Only

At the #AVF2019 Matchmaking Event, we want to curate meaningful connections between innovators and potential investors. To make this happen, we will be strategically matching Innovators and Founders with Investors and Corporate Leaders based on their Q&A survey responses for a tailored and seamless business development experience. Each investor or corporate will host these one-to-one matched meetings, as we work to foster meaningful connections between all parties.

All-Stages Entrepreneur Sessions: Delegates are Invited to Join on a Come and Go Basis

The Entrepreneur Workshop is a full day of immersive entrepreneur training and actionable content regardless of stage, that will be facilitated by a globally sought-after startup community leader. It will host several guest speakers, who will be discussing the most relevant issues technology companies and founders are facing today.

What to Expect From the Day 1 Sessions:

  • Exciting and insightful Keynote Speaker presentations
  • Valuable sessions tailored to entrepreneurs and founders that involve topics such as:
    • “Will it Fly” | How to know if your idea has wings
    • “Art of the Deal” | Realistic deal structuring & getting cash from investors
    • “Nailing Your Pitch”
    • “Building Your Dream Team” | Access to talent, retention strategy and best practices for hiring (and firing…) at our tech company
    • “Exit Strategy”
  • Effective and meaningful meetings with participants based on your curated schedule
  • Networking lunch and all day cafe included


#AVF2019 Welcome Reception: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

This year, all delegates are invited to join us for pre-conference cocktails and canapés, while networking and taking in the scenic Halifax harbour and waterfront!

Make the most of your conference experience, grab a drink, and let the networking begin. The reception is open to all registered #AVF2019 delegates, and will commence with a featured Keynote Speaker. We look forward to networking and seeing you all there!

AVF 2019 - Day 2: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 27
General Program Sessions

Panel Session: The Access-to-Capital Battle

Take your seats and get ready for a capital showdown. Top investors from outside the Atlantic Canadian region want you to know why their firm is the best option for your venture. Watch as they pitch their respective firms in three minutes or less and vie for the attention of the regions’ top performing tech companies. What really differentiates these funds, and which one has the right mix of experience, tenacity, and capital to match your company as you scale-up?

Panel Session: Clash of the Corporate Dealmakers

Hungry for capital that comes with corporate partnership? These corporate leaders each have strategic agendas for working with and engaging entrepreneurs. Learn why these corporate firms want to work with emerging tech companies as they pitch you on the opportunities they can offer. Find out what their corporate reach and industry experience can offer, as opposed to traditional investment, and why they just might be a better fit for your business.

Technology Showcase: Break Out Company Pitches

Over 25 top Atlantic Canadian tech companies will take the #AVF2019 stage to represent the region’s technology market across various sectors including IT/ICT, Sustainable Tech, Life Sciences & Health Technologies, and the newly added, Ocean Technologies. Each company has five minutes to demonstrate their business opportunity, and provide compelling reasons why the investors, corporate leaders, and innovation economy stewards should take a closer look!

Keynote Speaker | Paul de Gelder: “Embracing the Power of Change”

Don’t miss the ultimate story of reinvention, as Paul shares his life-altering experience, at #AVF2019. Find out how he inspires others to Embrace The Power Of Change and face every challenge head-on.










Life Sciences & Health Technology Fireside Chat: “Building Global Networks”

Does your company have too much comfort within the local ecosystem? Have you built sufficient networks and exposure globally? Find out what the industry’s leading professionals know about building success in the Life Sciences and Health Technology arena and why emphasizing connections outside your current network is vital for the survival of your business.

Panel Conversation: “Scaling Your Company: Got Money… Now What?”

Hear from local entrepreneurs who have raised capital and learn more about what a growing company looks like in the days after funding is secured… Get the inside scoop from these growing Atlantic Canadian tech companies, as they break down their respective journeys toward raising capital, and what the growing pains look like once it is secured. Listen in to get a glimpse into what lies ahead after the cash is in hand…

The Annual Taste of Nova Scotia Lobster Bash!

Lobster. Lots of it. Pair that with scores of locally produced delicacies (brought in from across Nova Scotia), and plenty of fresh cocktails. The Annual Taste of Nova Scotia Lobster Bash is the Atlantic Canadian technology networking party of the summer. Bottom line here is: good food + good people = good times… Oh, and did we mention there will be lobster?